Who Is Walter Pless?


A teacher by profession, but is now in his 38th year as a football writer. Has written for "Soccer Action" (Melbourne), "Australian Soccer Weekly" (Sydney) and "World Soccer" (London), as well as for several Tasmanian newspapers. Currently contributing to "Goal!Weekly" in Melbourne and the Australian magazine "Soccer International". Played for Croatia-Glenorchy, Caledonians, Metro, Rapid and University in Tasmania, as well as in the United States of America. Coached University, Metro and Croatia-Glenorchy.

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A Scott and Courtney 17 September 2014

Photo:  Russell Courtney (right) and Liam Scott at Wednesday's media conference [PlessPix]

Russell Courtney, the Tilford Zebras central defender, has been named captain of the Tasmanian team to play Melbourne Victory Youth at North Hobart Oval on Sunday, 28 September.

The match is the curtain-raiser to the A-League pre-season friendly between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.

Ulvie saves

Photo:  Ulverstone goalkeeper Paige Spicer makes a save against Olympia Warriors [PlessPix]

a Diving Harry

Photo:  Northern Rangers' Harry Thannhauser at full stretch [PlessPix]

Here are some additional photographs from the weekend's cup finals at KGV Park.

a Grumpy at Richmond SC

Photo:  Paul Mavroudis after South Melbourne lost 1-0 away to Richmond in 2011 [Photo by George Kouroumalis]

On Saturday, Tasmania’s Victory League champions, South Hobart, will host Victorian Premier League champions South Melbourne Hellas at South Hobart at 1.30pm.

Paul Mavroudis, a passionate South Melbourne Fan (his excellent and entertaining website is: http://southmelbournefc.blogspot.com.au/ ) has written the following background piece about the club for me as a preview to this NPL Series clash on Saturday.

H Thannhauser and Morton

Photo:  Rangers' Harry Thannhauser and South's Nick Morton in pursuit of the ball [PlessPix]

(Victory Cup Final, KGV Park, Saturday, 13 September 2014)

South Hobart 3 (J Hey 70, A Brennan 75, M Pooley 86 og)

Northern Rangers 1 (H Thannhauser 49)

HT: 0-0   Att: 230 [FFT say 800 went through the gate during the day of 3 cup finals]   Ref: J Hortle

South Hobart: Pierce - Lewis (Hey 31), Lamont, Ludford, Scott - Undy (Hamlett 69), Ludlow, Morton, Kass (Hall 64) - Mann, Brennan (Subs not used:  Moncur, Hunt, J Stevens)

Northern Rangers: Pooley - P Lanau-Atkinson, McCarragher, Tuma (Fisher 84), Anderson - Thannhauser, Hingston, N Lanau-Atkinson (Hamilton 81) - Edwards (Towns 51), Rigby, Brassington (Subs not used:  McKenna, Spearshott, Dent)

A Bull and 9

Photo:  University's Alexis Bull (left) tackles Clarence United's Julian McMahon [PlessPix]

Southern Premier League Top-Four Cup Final

University 3 (L Huigsloot 2, A Buga) beat Clarence United 1 (L Asciak)

South Hobart can make it three trophies out of four that were on offer this season by beating Northern Rangers in the Victory Cup Final at 5pm at KGV Park today.

South have won the Victory League title and the Milan Lakoseljac Memorial Trophy, but they missed out on Summer Cup honours.

Brayden Mann and his award

Photo:  Brayden Mann with his medal and cheque for $1,000 [PlessPix]

The number 21 proved lucky for South Hobart striker Brayden Mann, who has won the 2014 Mitsubishi Motors Victory League best-and-fairest award.

The 21-year-old polled 21 votes from the 21 league games he played this year.